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Sr. R&D Imagineer-TPM for Intelligent Interactive Character Studio

Apply NowApply Later Job ID 905470BR Location Glendale, California, United States Business Walt Disney Imagineering Date posted May 05, 2022

Job Summary:

Walt Disney Imagineering makes the impossible possible, by combining innovation and storytelling to bring Disney stories, characters and worlds to life. Imagineering is the master planning, creative development, design, engineering, production, project management, and research and development arm of The Walt Disney Company. Its talented corps of Imagineers is responsible for the creation - from concept initiation through installation - of all Disney Resorts, theme parks and attractions, real estate developments, regional entertainment venues, and new media projects. Disney Imagineers are uniquely talented individuals that bring together the best aspects of creativity, innovation, and passion.

Walt Disney Imagineering’s Research & Development organization is building a new Intelligent Interactive Character Studio to take the most well-known characters in the world and turn them into interactive experiences for a new generation of fans and guests. The team is comprised of a cross disciplinary group of designers, writers, artists, and software engineers. Its charter includes developing a robust and scalable entertainment platform supporting interactive character experiences with up to millions of concurrent users. The studio develops mobile, VR, AR, Mixed Reality, and custom physically situated applications built on a core platform, independently and in partnership with 3rd party developers.

This role combines a strong engineering and technology background with proven project management abilities to cultivate innovation and drive project execution. As a Technical Program Manager, you are a critical part of turning ideas and prototypes into reality, collaborating with engineers and designers to define, scope, budget and execute project work. In the Intelligent Interactive Character Studio, you will drive the planning and execution of high-complexity software initiatives to deliver new character experiences for the Walt Disney Company.


  • Partner with Intelligent Interactive Characters Team to define the programmatic strategy to accomplish the technical and creative vision for the product and respective projects
  • Create and maintain requirements, project scope, schedule, budget, staffing plans and product/project roadmaps
  • Build, lead and motivate diverse teams that include creatives, various types of engineers, manufacturing, vendors, operations, logistics, and shared services
  • Source, identify, and qualify external vendors through the generation of requests for proposals, conducting make/buy analyses, vendor down-selection matrices and working with legal to negotiate contracts for vendor selection
  • Drive communication across team members, project leads, executives, and project stake holders, creating and delivering information in different methods including verbal, written and visual
  • Plan and execute internal and external play tests
  • Risk analysis and development of mitigation strategies for technical, creative, business, regulatory and competitive risks
  • Define post-delivery sustainment requirements and level of effort estimates
  • Identify and deliver on technology transfer opportunities
  • Identify and recommend internal process improvements
  • Engender internal and external relationships
  • Contribute to the culture and community of the WDI R&D Studio

Basic Qualifications:

  • Minimum five years of experience in industries that leverage both software and hardware deliveries such as robotics/mechatronics, artificial intelligence, or game engine/systems technologies
  • Program/project management experience on software development projects with a proven ability to manage and deliver both large and small projects and selecting the appropriate workflow management methodology to accomplish the project goals (e.g. agile, kanban, integrated project management, etc.)
  • Embraces flexibility and adaptability as the team learns through prototyping and playtesting, adjusting project plans as needed
  • Translates high level scope/vision into actionable plans
  • Proven ability to clearly communicate the project vision, expectations, and outcomes to engineers, creatives and executives across all levels within the organization
  • Experienced in building and motivating highly effective teams
  • Works collaboratively on diverse teams
  • Thinks strategically and creatively to solve challenges
  • Manages & prioritizes multiple assignments in a highly dynamic R&D environment
  • Has a passion for technology and delivering new tools, platforms and experiences
  • Demonstrates a desire to constantly improve and adapt to new technologies
  • Is highly dependable with strong work ethic

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Startup / entrepreneurial experience
  • Experience working with early development teams and prototype products
  • Computer science, computer engineering or systems engineering experience
  • PMP certification

Required Education

  • Bachelor's degree in electrical engineering, or computer science, systems engineering or related field.

Additional Information:

Benefits and Perks: Disney offers a rewards package to help you live your best life. This includes health and savings benefits, educational opportunities and special extras that only Disney can provide. Learn more about our benefits and perks at

About Walt Disney Imagineering:

Founded in 1952 as WED Enterprises to design and build the world’s first theme park — Disneyland — Walt Disney Imagineering (WDI) is where imagination and creativity combine with cutting-edge technology to create unforgettable experiences. WDI is the creative force that imagines, designs and builds all Disney theme parks, resorts, attractions and cruise ships worldwide. Imagineering’s unique strength comes from its diverse global team of creative and technical professionals, who build on Disney’s legacy of storytelling to pioneer new forms of entertainment. The Imagineers who practice this unique blend of art and science work in more than 100 disciplines to shepherd an idea all the way from “blue sky” concept phase to opening day.

About The Walt Disney Company:

The Walt Disney Company, together with its subsidiaries and affiliates, is a leading diversified international family entertainment and media enterprise with the following business segments: media networks, parks and resorts, studio entertainment, consumer products and interactive media. From humble beginnings as a cartoon studio in the 1920s to its preeminent name in the entertainment industry today, Disney proudly continues its legacy of creating world-class stories and experiences for every member of the family. Disney’s stories, characters and experiences reach consumers and guests from every corner of the globe. With operations in more than 40 countries, our employees and cast members work together to create entertainment experiences that are both universally and locally cherished.

This position is with Walt Disney Imagineering Research & Development, Inc., which is part of a business we call Walt Disney Imagineering.

Walt Disney Imagineering Research & Development, Inc. is an equal opportunity employer. Applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability or protected veteran status. Disney fosters a business culture where ideas and decisions from all people help us grow, innovate, create the best stories and be relevant in a rapidly changing world.

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